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Port Vale Football Club (PVFC) is committed to ensuring that we create a safe environment for everyone visiting or taking part in activities at the club. Port Vale Football Club take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, young people, and adults at risk very seriously. Our approach to any concerns will always be child/young person/adult at risk centred. We and our staff will always, consider what is in the best interests of the child/young person or adult at risk.

Safeguarding sets out our commitment in providing a framework for what to do if concerns arise about their welfare or protection whilst at Port Vale Football Club.  

Carol Shanahan OBE - Co-Owner and Chair

Safeguarding Contacts

Safeguarding Manager

Rich Talbot

(T): 01782 655800


Senior Safeguarding Manager

Matt Hancock

(T): 01782 655800


Safeguarding Team

(M): 07703 753688


Disability Liaison Officer

Luke Cassidy

(T): 01782 655800




If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk at Port Vale Football Club you can contact us via telephone or email. A member of our Safeguarding Team will review the information you have provided within 48 hours and decide what action needs to be taken. Should the matter be of an urgent nature with a risk of harm to a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk you are advised to call 999.


We have a duty to share information that you give us with other agencies if we think that a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk could be at risk of harm.

Alternatively, concerns can be reported to the following organisations:

Direct to the local Police, Adults or Children’s Social Care services.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit at:

The NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email:

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